MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2010
Hamilton mouth painting artist - a prize winner at the Royal Auckland Easter Show
Hamilton mouth painting artist Sam Livingstone won fourth place in the Mouth and
Foot Painting Artist Awards at the recent Auckland Easter Show with his painting
entitled 'The Shearers'.
This is the fourth year in a row that Sam has exhibited his work at the Show and
the third Show prize he has received.
Sam feels privileged to have his artwork once again receive a prize at the
"The Easter Show is the largest New Zealand exhibition for mouth painters so it
is always an honour to receive an award. It is encouraging to receive
recognition for the time and effort I put into my paintings," said Sam.
Sam's prize winning oil painting 'The Shearers' depicts a New Zealand sheep
shearer hard at work.
"I chose this subject matter as I believe it really captures the essence of New
Zealand. This painting was a great challenge. After 15 hours of work on this
painting, it was an enjoyable feeling to see it finally finished," said Sam.
"I'm very proud to have exhibited this artwork alongside the great talent
displayed as part of the MFPA section at this year's Show. It's amazing how the
standard of work always improves with each year," Sam added.
Sam began mouth painting after a motorcycle accident left him a tetraplegic in
1992. He has been a student member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists since
Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help
organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil
their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by
selectively selling their artworks.
The MFPA was established in New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 20 members.
To become a student member an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held
in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an
illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on
(09) 827 6746.
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For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on 61 2 9413